Jefferson Parish sergeant fired for failed polygraph in case of woman found dead in New Orleans

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:08:27 AM. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto has fired a sergeant who failed a polygraph test after he ordered deputies not to break into the home of a Marrero woman they heard
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto has fired a sergeant who failed a polygraph test after he ordered deputies not to break into the home of a Marrero woman they heard screaming inside her residence days before her lifeless body was found in New Orleans East.     Lopinto said he disagreed with the decision by the sergeant, Christopher Gai, who determined deputies lacked probable cause to enter the Third Avenue residence Oct. 25 despite hearing screams and spotting a woman peering through the curtains inside the house.  But the sheriff said Gai was fired because he showed signs of deception during a polygraph exam he was given during an administrative investigation into the 911 call. That inquiry — and a related murder investigation — could determine whether Jefferson deputies missed an opportunity to save the life of 63-year-old Patricia Davis, whose family believes she was killed in Marrero and later dumped near Interstate 10 and Michoud Boulevard in New Orleans. "Would I have made a different decision (at the scene)? I would have," Lopinto said in an interview Tuesday. "We can always look back and second-guess those actions," the sheriff added. "He made a decision that some people would agree with and some wouldn't agree with."  Davis' death has stumped investigators since a group of workers found her naked body Oct. 31. There were no signs of trauma to her corpse, and the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has not yet determined the cause of death, pending toxicology test...Read more
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